Jimmy's Party Is OVER!Former Democratic Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh was politely put in his place at an informational meeting on the budget Thursday. What does that mean?:
"I'll never use the phrase 'the Naifeh boys' again, I think the day is here when we can move on from Naifeh's era to other things," Niceley said in a phone call discussing progress in the last legislative session. Perhaps we now know why Niceley believes this, because Speaker Kent Williams and Knoxville Democratic Rep. Harry Tindell demonstrated Thursday that the "Speaker Emeritus" is finally and completely irrelevant.
The day Harry Tindell and Kent Williams (a Republican who voted for Naifeh for Speaker in 2006, and who Democrats elected Speaker partly at Naifeh's urging) give Jimmy Naifeh the polite beat-down is the day Jimmy Naifeh doesn't matter anymore, and we know that his reign is truly at an end. We might even see Naifeh announce in the coming year that he won't run for re-election.